Writer Joe Gorman believes that soccer has contributed to debates around nationalism, identity and multiculturalism in Australia since the 1950s in ways many have yet to consider. In this absorbing talk, he details the important role the sport has played in the lives of prominent identities – including Indigenous rights activist Charles Perkins and business magnate Frank Lowy – and the forgotten story of how soccer clubs engaged with Asia during the years of the White Australia policy. Joe is the author of The Death and Life of Australian Soccer.

Joe Gorman (Australian)

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Joe Gorman is a freelance journalist and author of The Death and Life of Australian Soccer. His journalism has been published in The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Courier-Mail, Overland, New Matilda, Sports Illustrated, Penthouse and SBS. He has appeared on ABC television and radio, and on Al Jazeera.

Elizabeth McCarthy (Australian)

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Elizabeth McCarthy is a Melbourne-based radio producer and presenter who currently produces the Breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRRFM (Triple R). Her book reviews can be heard on Breakfast. From 2013–2017, she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied. Elizabeth has produced and presented interviews and documentaries for ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC RN and ABC TV. She has written about books and music for several publications, and from 2002–2006 was the drummer and co-lyricist for Melbourne swamp-rock grrrl band, The Muddy Spurs.